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ASHE 56th Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition


1041 - Keeping Docs Cool, Dry and Happy in the OR…Can I Do It with What I Have?


Jul 16, 2019 3:15pm ‐ Jul 16, 2019 4:15pm


Credits: None available.

Description

Many health care facility professionals have “inherited” older HVAC systems that were installed in their hospital’s original construction. These systems may be incapable of delivering the critical level of environmental control necessary in today’s ever-demanding patient care model. This technical session will give these professionals a fundamental understanding of the basic principles that must be considered in order to properly control their hospital OR. It will establish how temperature and humidity interact to create a satisfying and productive health care environment and provide information to assist the health care facility professional in analyzing a hospital OR when troubleshooting the space. Various HVAC retrofit scenarios to remedy ailing ORs will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand a typical OR’s various AC load components and what to take into account to ensure a successful environment in such a complex space.
  • Learn how minimum code and compliance requirements for temperature and relative humidly align within the limitations of legacy HVAC systems.
  • Discover what surgeons really mean when they ask you to make the OR “colder” and what issues may arise when attempting to satisfy their requests.
  • Identify various HVAC system retrofit scenarios to remedy ailing ORs, including traditional AC upgrades, glycol chillers and both solid and liquid desiccant dehumidification units.

Speaker(s):

  • Marc Anderson, Principal, ASYS a division of RTM Consulting Engineers
  • David Schurk, National Strategic Account Manager, Healthcare Carrier Corporation

Credits

Credits: None available.

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